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No more nice-guy nonsense about history. It’s time to learn it the horrible way! Yes – it’s horribly boring when you learn it in the classroom. But with all the nasty bits left in, it’s historically funny! Laughs, disasters, disgusting jokes: you love this series so much you’ve bought over 25 million copies. How’s that for a horrible fact?

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Terry Deary

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Terry Deary was born in Sunderland in 1946 and currently lives in County Durham. Terry is a former actor, theatre-director and Drama teacher. He spends his time writing and directing for his television production company, managing his website,, and touring his Horrible Histories exhibition. Terry is the author of 116 books in the UK and over 250 more worldwide, mainly for children and teenagers, including the popular non-fiction series Horrible Histories. Horrible Histories were launched in 1993 and are now sold in 28 languages from Russia to Brazil, Scandinavia to China.

In 2003, Horrible Histories celebrates its 10th Anniversary!

In 1996 Terry was the best selling British children’s author with 5 of his books in the top ten best-sellers of the year (Waterstones Book Shop tables). In August 1997 he was still leading the way with thirteen titles in the top forty. (Bookseller listings). In 1999, The Daily Telegraph recorded that he outsold Enid Blyton by four to one and a Libraries survey made him the most-borrowed author of non-fiction in Britain – adult and children’s books. Terry currently holds 8 out of the 10 slots for ‘Most Borrowed Children’s Non-Fiction’ authors in the Public Lending Rights annual survey covering July 1998-June 1999. In November 1999 Books for Keeps magazine readers voted him “The outstanding children’s non-fiction author of the 20th Century”.

Terry’s district council have awarded Terry an “oscar” as one of their top citizens and Sunderland University have awarded Terry an Honorary Doctorate in Education (HonDEd) which was awarded in July 2000.

In early 1998, the Top Ten series was launched with two titles written by Terry, Top Ten Shakespeare Stories and Top Ten Greek Legends.

Terry’s latest additions to the Horrible Histories series are the Horrible Histories Special: France and Cruel Crimes and Painful Punishment. And if Horrible Histories wasn’t keeping him busy enough Terry has also contributed a range of titles to the True Stories series including True Mystery Stories and True Horror Stories.

The Horrible Histories exhibition is up and running in museums around Britain until 2003. He has also just set up a television production company and is negotiating to make a series of audio tapes and writing radio scripts for BBC World Service.

“If you haven’t come across ‘Horrible Histories’ before you’ve missed a true publishing phenomenon – Terry Deary seems to have invented a whole new genre with his series of books looking at history in an entirely different way.” Books Magazine, July 96

“I do not like reading very much and my Mum is pleased that I have found some books I like so much that I read them without being asked!” Fan letter from 10-year-old boy

For more information why not visit or join his fan club?


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  1. Julie bauer
    on 31 October 2015

    Woeful second world war

    My son aged 7 read this book in 3 days flat. Loved it. We have had to go and find the others in this collection.

  2. Laki
    on 29 November 2014

    Horrible History

    i still think history is boring all we learn about is the egypt at school

    1out of 5
  3. Rob
    on 14 February 2012

    Horrible Histories

    i love horrible history books, because i found out a lot about the topics and i never knew histroy could be so much fun. i now wish i could have lived in the measly middle ages they sound great with all the castles and games they had, not so sure about the food though.

    5out of 5
  4. rhiannon
    on 31 January 2012

    woeful second world war

    i think it could of been better if i could rate it out of 100 i would rate it 49

    5out of 5
  5. sophie
    on 24 January 2012

    horrible history

    i hate books and more history but when i read these books it made me laugh my head off and some parts are discustuing but at the end i found out i learnt more abou the topics that i read about.

  6. oliver brown
    on 1 October 2011

    kings and queens

    it is a good book because it has a whole page about king Henry the VII

    5out of 5
  7. amber
    on 23 March 2011

    horrible histories

    great show so must be greats books:]

    5out of 5
  8. Leon
    on 25 January 2011

    Horrible Histories

    I love Horrible History books because it makes history alot fun than learning the boring bits in school! My favourite topic is World War 2!

    5out of 5
  9. MEGAN
    on 12 January 2011

    rotten romans

    i think it is a grate jot to rad and it is just like a comedy

    5out of 5

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What kids think

  1. Default avatar

    on 19 April 2014

    its so rotten nice mostly ville victorians and wafull 2 world war was nice.

    5out of 5
  2. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 3 April 2014

    This Set Of Books Is A Really Funny Set Of Books About History Along With The HorribleHistories TV Show It Is Excelent I Would Reccomended For 8-15 Years Old 4.8/5 :)

  3. 39c logo fullcolor 113549

    on 9 March 2014

    Funny, contains some facts that are not so famous but equally interesting.

  4. Witchdog thumb 22

    on 9 March 2014

    These books are funny, disgusting and also educational all in the same sentence. Everyone can’t resist these books! I totally recommend them!

  5. Croc 113527

    on 7 March 2014

    I got this pack from school’s book club sale. I read a few so far specially when I learned about Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and other histories at school.

    4out of 5
  6. Gruffalo 113679

    on 6 March 2014

    This collection will make you laugh while learning lots of information.

  7. Hayley 113303

    on 5 March 2014

    great book value for money

    5out of 5
  8. Avatar owl 761790

    on 4 March 2014

    Ingenious. Nicely presented bite size facts, illustrated with witty cartoons are just one of the creative features that make these books amazing. An astounding way of educating children!

  9. Avatar lion 761782

    on 4 March 2014


  10. Default avatar

    on 4 March 2014

    I love love LOVE the Horrible Histories books. I pinched them from my brother’s bookshelf when I was about five and I have never looked back! Great historical context and extra ‘nuggets’ of information which will interest anyone in History! The right degree of seriousness is taken when discussing extreme events, but there is always a humorous touch to the books.

  11. Dog 113532

    on 1 December 2013

    I love it. It is super cool!!!

    5out of 5
  12. Fairy thumb 11

    on 9 March 2013

    These horrible histories books are fantastic.You learn about lots of grimy and gruesome stuff people did in the old times,but they are also very helpful for learning too. A great way to learn about the past 10/10:P

    5out of 5
  13. Avatar bat 761713

    on 8 March 2013

    my brother has like all of these

  14. Jane blonde 113694

    on 7 March 2013

    Great collection of books x

    5out of 5
  15. Default avatar

    on 7 March 2013

    great value

  16. Gruffalo 113679

    on 6 March 2013

    the Horrible History books are brilliant and funny and you don’t even realise that you’re learning stuff.

  17. Avatar bat 761713

    on 6 March 2013

    Terry Deary has made a brilliant, educational set of books! They teach you all about how the people of the past live! I would recommend an age range of 8-12 for this book

    5out of 5
  18. Avatar owl 761790

    on 6 March 2013

    its a good book

  19. Avatar cat 761729

    on 6 March 2013

    Horrible Histories are by FAR the funniest way to learn about history. Pretty awesome!

  20. Pirate2small 108060

    on 5 March 2013

    these books are great for learning about history in a good fun way

  21. Default avatar

    on 5 March 2013

    loads of facts and it made history fun

    5out of 5
  22. Jane blonde 113694

    on 4 March 2013

    it made me enjoy history for the first time

  23. Horridhenry thumb 16

    on 1 October 2012

    I’ve read most of the books and they made me enjoy history

  24. Goldie 113308

    on 9 September 2012

    These sets of books are very funny, but teach you a thing or two about history aswell! I’ve got the whole set, and now I’m a history wizard! I recommend this book for children that are around 7 + They are gory set of books!

    5out of 5
  25. Default avatar

    on 13 July 2012

    I think the smashing saxons is a great way to learn about the saxons.Some jokes and funny comedy stripes will make you crack up laghing if you like funny please do read it

    4out of 5
  26. Petula 113689

    on 3 March 2012

    i love these funny books

  27. Evie 113313

    on 2 March 2012

    i love these books they’re funny

  28. Avatar cat 761729

    on 2 March 2012

    great selection of books

    4out of 5
  29. Ef dragon thumb 5

    on 1 March 2012

    Horrible Histories, a great TV programe and great books. If you want to learn about the stuff teachers don’t tell you? Pick up a book and disgust everyone with your unknown facts…

  30. Room on the broom 113684

    on 5 September 2011

    I love this because I have every single one and I have an interest in history alot

    5out of 5
  31. Goldie 113308

    on 3 March 2011

    I won the whole set in a competition with scholastics and me and my brother love reading them. They make history FUN! Great gruesome drawings which make it even more real.

    5out of 5
  32. Witchdog thumb 22

    on 3 March 2011

    I love the horrible histories books. They are funny and interesting at the same time. I think I probably learn more from these books than I do in my history lessons.

  33. Default avatar

    on 25 February 2011

    I would like to read these ambitious information books that Terry Deary has published. It tells you basic facts and is the most history book I am interested after the story of the historical timeline.

    5out of 5